Opera houses of world renown

Opera houses of world renown

The Semper Opera House, Dresden

The Semper Opera in Dresden is the setting for Germany's most beautiful ball. For the 14th time the Semper Opera Ball will take place this weekend. It is unique that not only the more than 2000 guests inside will follow the gala program. It will also be broadcast to the forecourt, where around 15,000 visitors will sway to the sound of waltzes and turn the night into a glittering celebration.

Opera houses of world renown

The Opera Garnier, Paris

Opened in 1875, it is one of Europe's largest opera houses. The building is a neo-baroque gem that is regarded in architectural history as a prime example of theatre construction. A special showpiece is the enormous marble staircase in the foyer, the perfect platform for vanities. The staging of the audience has always been at least as important as the staging on stage.

Opera houses of world renown

The Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Opened in 1778, destroyed several times and rebuilt, the Scala is seen as the quintessential opera house. The annual season opening on December 7th, kown locally as the "Inaugurazione", is celebrated with much pomp as a major social event. Many famous works were premiered here. The Scala will always be associated with one name: Maria Callas, a singer who set new global standards here in the 1950s.

Opera houses of world renown

The Vienna State Opera

When there are no performances and at the same time no hairdresser's appointment is available in the whole of Vienna, then the Vienna Opera Ball is being celebrated. Over 5000 guests cavort on the dance floor during the ball. The seating is dismantled and a floor installed. The entire opera house is opened from the cellar to the attic and made suitable for dancing.

Opera houses of world renown

The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

A visit to the Bolshoi Theatre is an integral part of the schedule of any tourist visiting Moscow. After all, it is Russia's most renowned theatre for opera and ballet and one of the most beautiful theatre buildings in the world. The exquisite interior decoration dates from the middle of the 19th century and is still preserved in its original state to this day.

Opera houses of world renown

The Metropolitan Opera, New York

The New York Metropolitan Opera has been around since 1880, but it wasn't until it moved to the elegant Lincoln Center building in 1966 that the "Met" became what it is today: one of the world's leading opera houses. For more than 20 years, fans around the world have been able to attend the performances: live broadcasts in selected cinemas around the globe are held on a regular basis.

Opera houses of world renown

The Royal Opera House, London

The most important opera house in Great Britain was founded in 1732. More than 20 operas and oratorios by Georg Friedrich Händel were premiered here. It is not necessary to have an opera ticket to take a look at the building, which was completely renovated at the turn of the millennium. Several cafés and restaurants open their doors for a stylish start to the day from 10 a.m. onwards.

Opera houses of world renown

The Sydney Opera House

This opera house is one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Sydney. After 14 years of construction, the visionary building was opened in 1973. The roof construction reached the limits of what was possible at the time: Computers controlled by punched cards took 18 months to calculate the curvatures and statics of all the roofs.

Opera houses of world renown

The Guangzhou Opera House, China

The building structures protrude into space like stones smoothly polished by the water of the Pearl River. This building by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid is considered by many fans of architecture and opera to be as groundbreaking for opera in the 21st century as once were the Paris Opera in the 19th century and the Sydney Opera for the 20th century.

Opera houses of world renown

The Royal Opera House, Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, you can go to the opera by boat. The spectacular building stands on an island opposite Amalienborg Castle and was a gift from the Danish billionaire Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller. After four years of construction, the 335 million euro (383 million $ US) building was inaugurated in 2005. Opera fans come from everywhere - because of the exciting architecture and the great acoustics.

Opera houses are sacred temples of music and those who visit them are always part of a social event. To this day that has not changed. Here are ten opera houses to fall in love with.

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